Fluoride Action Network

Sunshine Coast: Council to hear fluoridation debate

Source: ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | May 20th, 2013
Location: Australia

The Sunshine Coast council will be briefed on the pros and cons of fluoridation of the water supply at a strategic forum today.

Earlier this year, the State Government gave councils the option of removing fluoride from the water supply, with some around the state deciding to opt out.

Queensland Health experts and those opposed to fluoride will meet council today to provide information from both sides of the debate.

Water portfolio holder councillor Chris Thompson says with the water grid being linked in the south-east, there is a significant cost to removing fluoride.

“Particularly in times of drought if you had to transfer water from one water treatment plant to another,” he said.

“Obviously if it comes from anywhere within the Brisbane City Council area that water is going to have fluoride in it.

“Not sure if we could ever give the residents a 100 per cent guarantee if council were to make a determination to remove it or discontinue with dosings.

“That’s where we stand at the moment.

“I note where Brisbane City Council made a determination to keep it in.

“They just moved on and you don’t hear much about it now, so I think they’ve made a determination which would probably affect the rest of the councils in the south-east Queensland water grid.”